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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

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Summary

An Olivier Award-winning 2019 interpretation of the classic production, retaining all the iconic elements of Tchaikovsky's beloved tale with a spellbinding originality.

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Review

“The men were out of this world – it just sends shivers up your spine,” raved Darcey Bussell, emerging from the celebrity gala of this spunky revival in 2018. Matthew Bourne’s ground-breaking update – with a male corps-de-ballet as the swans – created more than a few ripples 25 years ago when it premiered at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.
 
It returned home for a season in 2018, freshened up, still as virile, perhaps even funnier and more emotive than before. But forget what modern dancers, punters and critics love about it. One can only wonder how mesmerised and thrilled Tchaikovsky would have been by this muscular, male-love interpretation.

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